What the Ridgeline’s Redesign Will Bring

So far, this simple sketch is all that Honda has unveiled about the Ridgeline’s redesign.

2016 Honda Ridgeline Design

If you’re unaware, the Honda Ridgeline is getting its bags packed for an extended vacation. Honda recently announced that their only truck model would be taking a break for a complete redesign, and it could be a while before we see it again. According to Honda, the new Ridgeline will hit the market within two years. By our estimates, that would mean the newly designed truck will hit the market at the end of 2015 as a 2016 model.

Honda hasn’t exactly released anything about their plans for the 2016 Honda Ridgeline design, but that’s not much of a surprise. Honda is usually pretty tight-lipped about their new models. So far, the only information that we have about the future of the Ridgeline is what we can draw from the sketch that the manufacturer recently released (pictured above).

As the sketch is only a couple of simple lines, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where Honda is going with the design, but we have a few ideas. We placed the outline side-by-side with a side profile picture of the 2014 Honda Ridgeline — which you can see below — and there are two significant changes that can be seen.

First of all, the truck bed looks to have gained some length, which is something that we hoped would happen. While extremely innovative, the truck bed of the previous models was short, and one of the biggest complaints among consumers. By extending it out, the complaints are sure to cease as even just the simple sketch shows that the Ridgeline is moving towards the look of more iconic pickup trucks.

Another feature that seems to have been omitted is the sloped sides of the truck bed that were found on previous models of the Ridgeline. While the subtle slopes helped to define the Ridgeline, we have a feeling that there will be other distinguishing features that will separate the 2016 Honda Ridgeline from the competition.

2016-honda-ridgeline-comparison-sketchAmong those features will likely be the dual-action tailgate that is able to swing both down and out to make accessing the truck bed much easier. We also expect the class-exclusive lockable in-bed trunk to make a return, as it’s a feature that no other manufacturer is able to provide.

We will have more information on the 2016 Honda Ridgeline as it becomes available, but for now we have to say that we’re pretty satisfied with what we’re seeing. It may be a while before we hear more on this redesign, but looking at the sketch — as simple as it is — it’s clear than Honda is heading in the right direction with this one.